21 October 2019
  • As the March 11 Legco by-elections draw nearer, the Electoral Affairs Commission appears incapable of stating what the ground rules are. Photo: HKEJ

    Why is the official election watchdog refusing to watch?

    - Jan 26, 2018 5:09pm
    Who qualifies to stand as a candidate in Legislative Council elections? It’s a simple question that needs to be answered by the Electoral Affairs Commission. However, as the March 11 by-elections draw nearer, the Commission appears...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam (left) is doggedly defending her new justice secretary Teresa Cheng (right) amid a controversy over illegal structures at the latter's home. Photo: HKEJ

    Obeying the law is only for the ‘little people’

    - Jan 12, 2018 6:00pm
    There’s one law for the rich and influential and another for everyone else – how often have we heard that said and why on earth is the Chief Executive Carrie Lam trying to turn herself into...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam revealed in a recent interview that she has little time for sleep or recreation. Photo: Bloomberg

    She hardly sleeps, she doesn’t relax … Carrie is a worry

    - Dec 29, 2017 5:33pm
    I have long worried about the Chief Executive Carrie Lam, a person seemingly devoid of a sense of humor and rather robotic in her social interactions. Now these misgivings have been confirmed by her disturbing declaration...
  • Membership of democrat organizations is most definitely not the key to high office in Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

    Quit the democrats, land a job!

    - Dec 15, 2017 6:00pm
    One of the surest ways of being appointed to high office in Hong Kong is to abandon membership of a pro-democracy party and either join the government and or sign up to a pro-establishment party. Without...
  • Last year, 57,305 mainland immigrants, or 157 per day, arrived in Hong Kong for settlement, some 5 percent more than are supposed to be coming here under current arrangements. Photo: HKEJ

    The immigration minefield grows bigger

    - Dec 1, 2017 6:02pm
    The utter stupidity and dysfunctionality of Hong Kong’s immigration policy have been highlighted yet again with the government’s belated revelation that last year 57,305 mainland immigrants, or 157 per day, arrived here for settlement, in other words, some...
  • Li Fei does not have a reputation as an electric orator and a speech on constitutional issues is hardly the stuff that sets the average school student’s heart racing. Photo: HKEJ.

    Boring for the nation is not the same as rallying the nation

    - Nov 17, 2017 6:00pm
    Only a bunch of deluded bureaucrats and equally misguided democrats could possibly have expressed concern over the fact that a (admittedly worrying) speech by Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei was broadcast live to some 50...
  • The Gay Games would demonstrate greater tolerance for sexual and ethnic minorities and display a more relaxed attitude towards the taboos that are still very much alive in Hong Kong. Photo: Gay Games

    No welcome for a great Hong Kong success

    - Nov 3, 2017 6:01pm
    Disappointing hardly begins to describe the government’s dismal response to the success of the Hong Kong team in securing the SAR as a venue for the 2022 global gay games. This is an event that will...
  • The pro-establishment camp sees the role of the legislature as being that of facilitator to the government, not a watchdog. Photo: Bloomberg

    Plans for a pussycat

    - Oct 20, 2017 6:00pm
    How do you turn a toothless tiger into a pussycat? This is the question gleefully being answered by the Lam administration and its ever-obedient friends in the pro-government camp. They know that they have a relatively...
  • Ann Chiang wrote on Facebook that the Las Vegas tragedy is the 'price of too much freedom'. Photo: RTHK

    Idiot of the Month: And the winner is…

    - Oct 6, 2017 11:46am
    The hotly contested title of Hong Kong’s Idiot of the Month has been won by Ann Chiang of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong who is never shy in contending for...
  • The targeting of HKU professor and Occupy campaign co-founder Benny Tai is seen as part of a much wider attack on Hong Kong's civil society. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hong Kong’s Red Guards taste blood

    - Sep 22, 2017 6:08pm
    Should Hong Kong’s re-born Red Guards have their way and succeed in getting Benny Tai thrown out of the University of Hong Kong, does anyone seriously think they will stop there? Of course not, as the...
  • Hong Kong authorities have been accused of treating vocational training centers as second-class institutions when it comes to supply of resources, compared to universities. Photo: HK Govt

    Education in Hong Kong: A tale of snobbery and ignorance

    - Sep 8, 2017 6:00pm
    Educational snobbery and ignorance are a terrible combination and one that is quite prevalent in Hong Kong. To absolutely no one’s surprise the tycoon-run Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre has recently produced a survey showing that an...
  • A file picture shows delegates standing for the Chinese national anthem in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People ahead of a key conclave. The history of the anthem is drenched in politics. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Carrie Lam does not know about the national anthem

    - Sep 1, 2017 6:00pm
    Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s top leader, has urged the public “not to politicize” proposals for the introduction of legislation on use of the Chinese national anthem, The March of the Volunteers. Mrs Lam either has a...
  • A demonstrator covers his head with cardboard jail bars during a rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 20 after a local court ordered jail terms for Occupy student leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. Photo: Reuters

    Have the judges been nobbled?

    - Aug 25, 2017 6:00pm
    Has the Hong Kong judiciary succumbed to political control? This question has been brought into sharp focus in the wake of the Appeal Court’s imposition of heavier sentences on democracy protestors. However the question of whether...
  • If Howard Lam's story is a lie, why did he produce such a lurid tale when there was a high possibility of the truth being uncovered? Photo: Reuters

    Worrying questions surround the Howard Lam saga

    - Aug 18, 2017 6:00pm
    Democratic Party member Howard Lam’s claims of having been abducted and tortured by mainland officials appear shakier by the day but subsequent police action and his arrest for misleading the police also raise a great number...
  • Palm stearin clumps lie on a Lantau Island beach after washing ashore following an oil spill in the Pearl River estuary. China failed to provide Hong Kong a timely alert about the marine ecological disaster. Photo: CNSA

    One country – one threat to health and safety

    - Aug 11, 2017 6:00pm
    If anyone still has the slightest doubt as to how the “one country, two systems” is operating nowadays don’t bother looking at the big examples, such as the proposal to hand the new West Kowloon rail...
  • The most controversial of Carrie Lam’s appointments has been that of Choi Yuk-lin (above) as the number two in the education department. Photo: LinePost

    Carrie’s appointees are actually worse than CY’s

    - Aug 4, 2017 6:00pm
    The farce that rejoices in the name of the political responsibility system has yet again demonstrated that it’s a dismal failure. Chief Executive Carrie Lam has just announced a slew of undersecretary and political advisor appointments,...
  • The co-location arrangement means that other parts of the territory could similarly be 'given away' if pragmatic considerations required this to happen. Photo:

    The law is not a matter of convenience

    - Jul 28, 2017 6:00pm
    What do tyrants and other enemies of liberty do when they come across a law that threatens to stop them getting their way? First, they start bleating over “unnecessary legal obstacles”. Then they emphasise the convenience...
  • It is estimated that around a third of Hong Kong people receive unsolicited marketing calls on a daily basis. Authorities are accused of not doing enough to combat the nuisance. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why the government won’t act on junk calls

    - Jul 21, 2017 6:00pm
    How many junk calls do you receive each day? On good days I get just one but often a great many more. It is estimated that around a third of Hongkongers are bothered by these calls;...
  • Pro-democracy activists mourn Liu Xiaobo's death outside Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong; inset: Carl von Ossietzky. Photo: Reuters/Wikipedia

    Liu Xiaobo – a grim historical comparison

    - Jul 14, 2017 6:02pm
    In a Berlin road that bears his name stands a statue of Carl von Ossietzky, who died in 1938. Before the tragic death of Liu Xiaobo he was the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate to have...
  • Hong Kong’s new leader Carrie Lam attends a Question and Answer session at the Legislative Council on July 5. Photo: Reuters

    A good first week but what about the other 259 to come?

    - Jul 7, 2017 6:00pm
    Carrie Lam has got off to a good start in her first week in office as Chief Executive, but then again all her predecessors, even including the deeply unpopular Leung Chun-ying, assumed office with favorable poll...